KTS TRUNKLINE NEWSLETTER
"Fall Tree Planting"
The Fall season is an ideal time of year to be planting trees; it offers some advantages that the spring season does not. Our temperatures are usually moderate to cool which minimizes the risk of trees being stressed by extreme heat. As trees prepare for winter, energy is no longer put into the canopy growth. The energy is focused below ground on the root system. When the air temperature is cooler than the soil, new root growth is promoted. This will result in a stronger and more viable root system for the next spring when the tree comes out of dormancy. Also, our fall rain showers help the trees establish their root systems. Keep in mind that trees need to be watered up until the ground freezes, especially evergreen trees. If we experience a drier than normal fall season, supplemental watering may be needed.
A lot of people are concerned that young trees cannot withstand our Chicagoland winters, that is not the case. Trees go dormant in the winter.
"The Cost of Not Spending"
Dead trees left standing have a high potential to fail and the cost for removal of the dead tree can be directly related to the length of time the tree stands in that condition.
If a homeowner waits too long to contract a tree care company to remove a dead tree, their city or village may impose fines. Letters are sent to residents notifying them they are not in compliance with a city ordinance. If the deadline to remove the tree is missed, the homeowner can be responsible for significant fines.
Also, the level of risk for field crew, as well as the surrounding area, increases the longer the dead tree is left standing.